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All Natural Cough Syrup

Our family does not get sick often, and when we do we normally take some Apple Cider Vinegar and raw honey, up our probiotics, and we get over it in a day or two. Recently there has been a really intense virus going around that almost everyone we know from Michigan to Missouri to California has come down with and this bug is persistent and very hard to kick. It started with a runny nose, lots of mucus, and then a nasty cough. In cases like this we have a regimen of Ayurvedic and holistic herbal wisdom and we needed something to soothe the night time coughing fits so we could all get some sleep! Normally I use homemade Elderberry Syrup or Elderberry Wine, but we have been traveling and dont have any with us so I came up with a really simple syrup that anyone can make in 5 minutes!

All – Natural Cough Syrup

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Raw Honey, local is preferable
  • 1 whole squeezed Lemon
  • 1 grated Lemon Peel
  • 2 inches grated Ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper

Directions –

Mix all of the ingredients together in a glass or bowl. Take a tablespoon in the morning, a tablespoon at night, and as needed anytime a cough comes on. This recipe makes enough to give some to your whole family and then stick the rest in the refrigerator to use later. Take it in the morning and at night and anytime symptoms arise. It can soothe coughing within minutes!

This syrup is amazing! Heres why – Raw honey is full of anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and immune boosting properties.It also naturally helps to soothe a cough just by itself. Lemon is naturally disinfecting, alkalizing and high in vitamin C. Ginger is anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and a natural expectorant. It also helps cleanse the system of toxins. Cinnamon is warming, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. Turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries and is also anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-viral. Black pepper has vitamin C, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and when used with honey it helps to break up phlegm.


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Roots Apothecary – the new website

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I’m so thrilled to announce that I have finally opened a stand-alone real life website for my herbal business – Roots Apothecary!! It’s been a dream of mine for some time, but I’ve felt overwhelmed by the idea and kept putting it off. I have been selling in two shops on etsy for a few years now and it’s been a great outlet for me because they do all the grunt work and all I have to do is import pictures and descriptions. It’s been great! Until… they told me that some of my products are against their regulations. This happened to be my two best selling products – herbal smoking blends. I was a little upset about this at first, but it was the final push I needed to get going in the direction to build my own website. It’s been a lot of work and there’s still much more work to be done, but it’s looking good.

Check it out and let me know what you think – www.rootsapothecary.com

I also just sent out my first newsletter which you can see here – http://eepurl.com/QrDDP

If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please let me know and I’ll get you on the list! 🙂

 


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Journey into Divine Healing

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Several moons ago I had the pleasure of meeting a very interesting and wonderful couple outside of a local coffee shop where I was facilitating a Free School class. One of them is a very talented, professional massage therapist who I just adore spending time with. Her husband is a Divine Healer, very different from the energy healers I have met. This was the beginning of an enlightening new chapter in my life. It was destiny.

As we got to know eachother a little better, Ginelle and Christopher began volunteering their space and energy to the Free School and I began working with them at their office. A beautiful collaboration. I have felt a deep connection with this planet throughout my whole life and those feelings, that KNOWING, has continued to grow and grow with each moment. Over the past few years I have began to see the more full picture, my connection with the universe and all the galaxies, the everything… we are all one. This Divine Healing was new to me though. I was not familiar with the Angelic Realms and the true power of light.

Although I went to an Episcopal Montessori School when I was young, I did not feel a connection to the Christian religions that I had experienced. They seemed too restrictive, too many rules and too many judgments. God is love, unconditional love. Religions seem to forget that and attend to their own egotistical agendas. God is beyond religion and egos. Angels are real. Demons are real.

I worked in the office listening to Christopher perform his healings over the phone to many grateful individuals who I often spoke to myself. In my mind I asked myself “How can he heal someone over the phone?” “What is he doing?” Somehow I had faith that what he does is real. I didn’t truly understand until he worked with my mom.

My mama was sick for most of her life with emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical struggles. For many of her years she battled with alcoholism and by the time Christopher met her she had very severe kidney damage and liver cirrhosis. The hospice was coming by twice a week to see her. On the night I called Christopher, my mom had traveled to another place in her mind. Her body was with us, but her mind was not here. Her only words were “Help Me” repeated over and over again all day long. She needed help going to the bathroom, help getting up, and everytime she sat down she tried to get up again. The hospice brought her Morphine… they thought it was her end. She walked to the southern-most corner of our apartment and stared. She walked outside and put her bare feet on the grass when no one was looking, something she had never done. We thought she was going to meet her Maker, but something in her was holding on. Finally it hit me to call Christopher who told me that her Higher Self was not ready to go. He came over as she lay in bed and he performed the Healing.

My dad and I were both in the room with her and we felt it. I felt a beautiful feeling of light and of love. The room was filled with beautiful entities, my intuition sensed it. The Angelic Beings were at work. It is the Angels who heal. We felt an amazing feeling of hope and faith and peace. Only good feelings after a day of madness.

Later that night, my mama formed full sentences and was back in our reality. She was still very sick, but she felt hope and felt the angels who were with her. She had not expressed feelings of hope to any of us in years. This was amazing. She told me that she wanted to live. Words she hadn’t said honestly in many years.

My mama decided to keep getting Divine Healing. It felt great to her, it helped, it gave her hope and most of all it gave her faith. Faith that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, that the Angels are real… that God is real. My mother passed away 3 weeks after she began her Divine Healing sessions. A week before she left this realm, she confided to me that the reason she did not leave us before is that she was afraid to die… she did not have faith. Christopher gave her faith and put her in the hands of God. I am endlessly grateful for this and my mother’s passing was perfectly timed and beautifully orchestrated by the universe. I trust in Christopher’s gift.

I am now receiving healing for myself. For years I have battled with food sensitivities, leaky gut, candida, shoulder and neck pains, low energy levels at times, etc. During my pregnancy I had to seriously restrict my gluten consumption and when I had little baby Kalani, I completely cut it out due to the way it was affecting him. Then I gave up dairy… For those who know me, you know I consume only grass-fed, raw, living dairy. Then Kalani and I still had issues so I started looking into elimination diets and the GAPS diet. It was tiring and all felt so negative to me. So I went in for my Diving Healing session with Christopher.

He cleansed my chakras and meridians and removed a Negative Entity latched onto my right shoulder, where I have felt problems and pains for several years. I felt the Angels in my womb, re-balancing the trauma of birth. I felt myself floating and at complete peace, in a state of bliss. My fingers and toes tingled, my intestines felt warm and fuzzy. Something was definitely at work within my body, mind, and spirit. The Angels were at work.

After the healing, my shoulder and neck felt completely pain free and I felt light, confident, and completely positive. Now, days later, I feel wonderful still. The other day I decided to partake in a homemade cinnamon bun, gluten sugar and all… Kalani and I remain problem-free! I still have a couple of healing sessions to completely mend the damage and bring me back into balance. Then I can go back to eating a healthy, holistic, gracious diet. The food I consume is mainly organic and locally sourced, knowing and understanding my food is a commitment I made years ago.  I rejoice in food, growing preparing and eating it. Soon I will be able to consume the things I love again, all the healthy foods I love.

The Divine Healing also cleaned my heart chakra and I have a stronger love for all things and a stronger self control, as well as my light spirit. It is amazing.

To learn more about Christopher Macklin, please visit his website.

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Cost of Eating Local, Organic Food

My husband and I eat mostly local and / or organic food and I constantly get told by people that it’s too expensive for them and there’s no way they could afford to feed their family. So I decided to keep track of all of our food expenses for August and share here so you can get a realistic idea of how much it costs. Keep in mind, proper nutrition that energizes the body and provides abundant nourishment is an investment in the future of your health as well as the present. The two of us don’t pay for health insurance because we have no need for it, we take no medications, and we don’t have any other health bills. We are two incredibly healthy people because we eat very healthy food and we lead healthy lifestyles. When we do feel sick, we have homemade remedies that we use which are very inexpensive. It pays to know some basic things about herbs and other remedies, saves a lot of money not having to see doctors. Also, keep in mind that I am pregnant so I’m eating A LOT!

Our August Food Bill

Meat – $131.14

Most of this food was purchased from a local farmers market. I make an effort to eat only local, grass fed, free range, organic meat. Meat is very dense so it can harbor a lot of toxins from the environment it is raised in and the food the animal eats. I believe that eating healthy, happy animals is a wonderful part of a well-balanced diet. For those of you who are vegan or vegetarian, this money could go towards other proteins like beans and raw nuts.

Produce – $86.29

A lot of our produce came from the Farmers Market and our local produce stand (The Tomato House). We also harvested many cucumbers, a few tomatoes, and some peppers from our apartment garden. We were also gifted some produce from gardening friends. For those of you with a house or land, I highly encourage starting at least a small garden. Growing your own food can save you a lot of money on your monthly produce bill. You can honestly grow ALL of your produce AND raise your own meat on your property if you have the time, and that could make your food bill next to nothing.

Grains, Breads, Etc. – $25.04

We have invested in buying bulk grains like quinoa, buckwheat, and oats in the past so we didn’t have to buy much of it this month. It is definitely worth it to buy certain things in bulk! There is a great bulk food buying co-op that delivers nationwide called Azure Standard. http://www.azurestandard.com

Dairy – $81.18

Most of our dairy expense went towards local, raw goat’s milk ($64). We go through 2 gallons every week since we make yogurt,, kefir, and drink a lot of wonderful raw milk. This also covers our cheese and organic butter expenses.

Bulk Food Order – $40

This month we bought 1 pound of sea salt, 2.5 pounds of raw cashews, and 5 pounds of organic quinoa pasta.

Eating Out – $30

Cooking 95% of our meals at home saves A LOT of money on food costs. We don’t do it to save money though. We cook at home so that we can have a deep understanding of the ingredients going into our food.

Snacks – $43.19

These are all those times I was out and didn’t bring enough food with me so I stopped and got a raw food bar, smoothie, or coconut water. Pregnant mama has got to eat!

Grand Total – $475.54

So there you have it. That comes out to about $238 per person. I also feel it necessary to mention that there were multiple occasions that we were also feeding my parents and we went to three potlucks this month so we made large meals to share. Had we only been feeding ourselves, and if I wasn’t pregnant, our bill would definitely be a lot less. For those of you who think this is just way out of their budget and totally obscene, I urge you to keep track of your monthly expenses on food and get back to me. Do you eat out at restaurants? Do you pay money for medications, doctors, or hospital bills? Don’t forget to include those expenses. Nutrition and health go hand in hand.

This idea of lack and “not being able to afford it” will only keep you stuck in that hole. Instead of thinking of how to get something, just set your mind on what you want and make it happen. You can have anything that you set your mind to! Eating local, organic food is extremely important to me and my husband so we make it a priority in our life. In the past we have traded work with local farmers in exchange for meat, produce, and dairy. I have also gone to farmers markets near closing time and asked for discounted prices on leftover produce. There are so many ways to save money on good healthy food.. but I think I’ll leave that for another post.

I hope this inspires and motivates you to start eating more locally and organically! It’s not that expensive and it’s totally worth every penny!

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Holistic Treatment of Candida & Remedies

The first few weeks of my candida cleanse have been very positive and beneficial. When I say “cleanse”, I mean a commitment to understanding the dis-ease and taking steps towards wellness on a regular basis. Check out this article to find out more about My Struggle with Candida. Everyone has a unique body and spirit, we all require a unique style. Here I will share with you the elements of candida and what I have learned about treatment.

What is Candida?

Candida is a fungus that thrives in a warm, moist environment like that in your digestive system and intestines. They live in mucus membranes and feed off of enzymes and undigested food. Most of us naturally have candida, but our digestive enzymes normally keep them in a balance. When things are out of balance in your body, the candida can grow to radical amounts and cause serious health problems.

Candida excretes ethanol, a toxic waste in your body, and causes symptoms like oral thrush, yeast infection, vaginal thrush, back pain, bloating, constipation, heartburn, sores in the mouth and anus, dental problems, migraines, panic attacks, and the list goes on… It contaminates the tissues of the immune system, lungs, kidneys, gallbladder, liver, and brain.

Candida Diet

There are many foods that are restricted and many that are praised for those suffering candida. I recommend trying various things and see what works for you.

Harmful Foods

  • Gluten – I’m sure you’ve heard of the gluten-free craze and I think candida is a main reason for it. The gluten of wheat and other grains like spelt, kamut, etc. can be very hard to digest for people, especially those with weakened digestive systems. It is very sticky and candida LOVES to eat it so it can grow wild where gluten is present. I have eliminated most gluten from my diet, but I do eat a slice of sourdough bread occasionally and I ate a cookie yesterday. Since seriously cutting back on my gluten intake, I have had a SIGNIFICANT improvement with my candida.
  • Refined Sugar – Candida loves to eat sugar, especially refined sugars like high fructose corn syrup, cane sugar, beet sugar, and all those super sweet processed sugars. Many people eliminate ALL sugar, even the natural fructose you find in fruits, when they are on a candida diet. This is a good idea for people who have serious problems and want to detox their body. If you are like me and just can’t picture yourself without eating any fruit, then limit the very sweet fruits and do your best to eliminate all the processed, refined garbage.
  • “Conventional” Dairy Products – I’m talking about the stuff you buy in the grocery store like pasteurized milk, cheese, ice cream, etc. This stuff is all loaded with hormones and antibiotics that are totally harmful to our bodies. Now when it comes to RAW dairy products and the stuff you can make yourself at home, I’m a HUGE advocate for it even during candida crisis. I have not limited my raw milk, kefir, and yogurt consumption one bit since I’ve began my candida cleanse. I drink 3-5 cups of raw GOAT’s milk a day, usually have a glass of kefir, local cheese, sometimes a bowl of homemade yogurt. None of this causes problems for me. I must tell you though, I decided to splurge a few days ago and ordered a Gluten-Free pizza from Dominos. I was in a hell of vaginal thrush and yeast infections for the next two days and I’m certain it was all that hormone cheese I ate! Stay away from conventional dairy. It HURTS!
  • Refined Grains – All refined grains like white flour, white rice, puffed cereals, etc. have lost most of their nutrients because they were peeled out of their skins. They create something like a sticky glue and clog up your digestive tract making a perfect home for candida. Eat WHOLE grains instead of these refined grains. Things like buckwheat, quinoa, or brown rice are great for most people (especially when you soak them first!).
  • Hydrogenated Oils – These are oils that have mechanically altered so they have a synthetic structure that our bodies don’t even recognize. You’ll find them in things like margarine, muffins, salad dressing, fried food, cakes, soups, vegetable oil, and pretty much any processed food on the supermarket shelf. They clog your liver, spleen, muscles and kidneys creating toxic deposits that contribute to yeast infection. Instead of these oils, use real organic butter, cold pressed coconut oil, ghee, homemade lard, or extra virgin olive oil. But don’t heat up that olive oil because it will go rancid!
  • Processed Foods – Most processed foods are filled with artificial ingredients, fillers, sugars, refined flours, hormones, chemicals, etc etc… Make a habit of looking at the ingredients of everything you buy and stick to a simple diet that you can understand. Know what you are putting into your body. If you don’t recognize it, don’t eat it.
  • Alcohol and Caffeine – Alcohol is generally toxic to the body. Caffeine is known to overstimulate hormone production and contribute to Candida.

Beneficial Foods

  • Fruits – They are fabulous at cleansing the body and have tons of vitamins and minerals that are easily absorbed and digested. Eat them raw and separately from other food to get their full benefit. Cooking fruits makes the sugar more dangerous to the system. Like I said before, limit very sweet fruits like banana, melons, oranges, and tropical fruits. Some people experience problems with fruit contributing to candida so if this is the case, eliminate it completely. Stay away from canned fruit.
  • Non-Starchy Vegetables – A great source of energy and complex carbohydrates, easily digested, and also have lots of vitamins and minerals. There is no limit on how much of this stuff you eat so dig in! You can enjoy peppers, broccoli, brussels sprouts, celery, cucumber, spinach, lettuce, and so much more!
  • Non-gluten Grains – Great source of protein and fiber, also have lots of vitamins and minerals. I’m talking WHOLE grains like buckwheat, brown rice, quinoa, amaranth, etc. I recommend soaking ALL grains before you eat them to break down the phytic acid and make them more digestible. Also, they can be acid forming so it is best to limit their consumption to maybe 2 servings a day or see what works for you.
  • Beans – Another great source of protein, vitamins and minerals. They should be thoughtfully prepared by soaking, sprouting, and cooking for a long time to increase digestion.
  • Garlic – Garlic is amazing! I could write an article solely about the benefits of this medicinal food… It cleanses the blood and acts as an antibiotic, but in harmony with your body. Crush or chop it to release it’s healing bounty and eat it RAW. The anti-microbial effects of garlic can eliminate bacteria and fungi overgrowth like candida. You can also use garlic directly on your yeast infection. I use a clove as a vaginal suppository. Some folks wrap it in qauze before sticking it up there because it can sting a little.
  • Free Range or Wild Meat – Consume local meat that is fed on pastures, free of chemicals, antibiotics, hormones, fungicides.
  • Wheatgrass, Barley Juice, Aloe Vera – Wheatgrass is a super food that does so many great things for your body! Purifies blood, detoxes the liver, cleanses the colon. Chlorophyll is anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant, it helps re-grow tissues and kills bacteria and fungus. I take powdered raw wheat grass in a glass of milk or juice every day. If you have a wheatgrass juicer or can afford one, I highly recommend it!
  • Water – Drink enough of it!!! That means about half your body weight in ounces. If you weigh 150 lbs, drink 75 ounces of water a day. Drink filtered or mineral water. One day I would love to live somewhere with a well or spring..

Aside from eating beneficial foods, make sure you are keeping it simple and combining them well. Eating raw veggies in combination with more concentrated foods is a very good practice because raw foods have enzymes that will help your body digest the other foods. Raw veggies also have a lot of fiber and low sugar. Also, chew your food well! Digestion begins in your mouth. Avoid microwaves and don’t overcook your foods either.

Immune System

This system is a very important defense against infection, toxins, and diseases. It’s complex and powerful so build it up and make it strong!

  • Good Diet – Eat well-balance healthy foods like those discussed above.
  • Lifestyle, Mood, and Stress – Surround yourself with positive things that you love. Try meditation, yoga, hiking, or gardening. Get plenty of rest every night. Do things that make you happy and control that anger and stress.
  • Essential Fatty Acids – These support the immune system and are found in flax oil, cold water fish like salmon and tuna, sun flower seeds, borage, and walnut oil. Some folks highly recommend taking fermented cod liver oil.  You may want to look into it.

Supplementation

  • Probiotics – These are the intestinal flora that greatly help you digest and assimilate nutrients from your food. I love to take them in the form of real foods like sauerkraut, kefir, and kombucha. Others prefer using supplements.
  • Milk Thistle – This goddess herb will literally regenerate liver cells, cleanses and regenerates the liver. Having a strong liver will enable it to effectively cleanse your blood. I make tinctures at home. See how to make your own tinctures here – DIY: How to Brew a Tincture or let me know if you are interested in buying from me.
  • Coconut Oil – This can stabilize blood sugar and improve liver function. It is also said to directly fight against candida and other blood pollutants. It helps the absorption of essential fatty acids when taken together.
  • Dandelion Root – You can drink this as a tea or take as a tincture or encapsulated. It strengthens the body and empowers the liver and gallbladder, also aids digestion.
  • Pau D’ Arco – This herb is incredibly powerful in relieving candida specifically! I take it in the form of a tincture and it has amazing benefits after just a few days of use. I offer it in my shop here – Pau d’ Arco tincture by Roots Apothecary

Healing Crisis

You may experience some severe flare ups and discomforts while you are cleansing your system of candida. This can come from the simplest changes to your diet, herbal supplements, or doing an extreme 3 day fast. When our bodies begin to eliminate, symptoms of die off can manifest. Don’t be discouraged, this is completely normal! That is why it’s good to take on things little by little and don’t plunge right into total detox from one day to the next. Take your time. Be gentle. The more intense you cleanse, the faster all those toxins are released into your bloodstream and therefore you may feel worse.

It may seem difficult to overcome candida, but you can do it. The only way to truly rid yourself of the dis-ease is naturally from the inside out. There is no magic pill for any dis-ease, no miracle cure. Nature holds the cure and it takes time, patience, and dedication. You can do it! I believe in you!

If you are suffering from candida, please share your stories with us. Let’s help eachother!


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My Struggle with Candida

For several years I was struggling with yeast infections and excessive discharge, vaginitis, and anal itching and had no clue what could possibly be causing all of this. It wasn’t happening all the time, but the problems were recurring. Going to doctors and getting prescriptions hasn’t ever appealed to me so I always let the infections, inflammations, and itchy rashes pass naturally. Normally they would be gone in a few days and I might get another one a few months later… I didn’t think much of it when I was younger. Over the years I have grown very aware of the foods that I eat and all the elements that I put in and around my body, so it’s ironic that these issues are worse now than ever before! I’m talking intolerable conditions when sometimes just walking out to the car puts me in extreme discomfort because of the swollen thrush on my inner thighs and outer vagina.

I realized about 2 years ago that what I have been experiencing all these years (off and on since I was 17, I’m 26 now) has been CANDIDA OVERGROWTH. What is candida? They are a yeast-like fungus that is present in almost everyone’s digestive system. They are totally normal, until you get too many of them and then they cause major imbalances in the digestive system, reproductive system, and immune system. There are many potential causes of candida overgrowth and I am certain that my problem arose when I began taking birth control pills. I only took them for maybe 3 months of my life, but after I started taking them is when I got my first yeast infection and the series of candida related discomforts that I’m still experiencing 9 years later.

The most beneficial way to treat candida is with diet, and for me this has been difficult. I concern myself a lot with the purity and quality of the food I eat. I’ve been growing organic food on farms and at my own home for 4 years now. The meat I eat is butchered by me personally or a farmer who I know grazes their animals on grass, uses no hormones or any antibiotics and other chemicals at all. I drink raw goat’s milk from a farmer who lives just outside of town, raises their goats completely naturally and in harmony with their ecosystem. I drink herbal teas that I blend myself. I juice several times a week. I eat fresh organic local fruits and veggies. I even make my own kombucha and kefir which I drink regularly! So what is causing my candida to hang around so long and be more invasive than ever? My guess is my love of whole grains especially gluten, possibly other starchy foods like tapioca, and the amount of fruit and other sugars I eat.

Gluten, starchy foods, and sugar are the main culprits in feeding the candida. So it’s simple, I just need to get rid of those items from my diet… easier said than done! I love baking brownies with freshly ground kamut flour and coconut sugar and I love eating sourdough breads from our local bakery. This summer I have been having serious fruit cravings and eating peaches, watermelon, cantaloupe, berries, and every other sort of local fruit I can find on a daily basis. Since I’ve been pregnant my body has been craving so much fruit and I’m not considering denying myself of something my body needs. But maybe the sugar isn’t a big issue for me and it’s just the gluten I need to work on. Many people are able to eliminate their candida while still eating fruits. They eliminate the starch and yeasted or gluten products and they add lots of probiotics and other treatments into their life. I’m going to start by taking out one candida promoting element at a time and see what happens. First step is to eliminate the gluten completely.

I am going to defeat this candida. It is not something I want to live with and it can actually do a lot of damage over the years if left untreated. I’m also concerned that my baby is going to have issues with thrush since I am experiencing a lot of thrush in my reproductive organs. So here we are. I’m keeping a candida log on my blog so I can better hold myself accountable and also to reach out to others who are going through a similar experience. We can overcome!

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Wild Native Herbs of Missouri

True healing can only be found in nature. Mother Earth provides EVERYTHING that we could ever need, it’s all there. When we take the time to tune out of the distractions of our fast-paced lives and look inside of ourselves, we learn what our bodies and minds truly need. And the earth is always willing to help us. When I feel down or confused, I go outside and sit underneath a big Oak tree and quiet my mind. The tree tells me what to do, to be still, to grow, to breathe, and to live. The tree tells me that everything is here. Underground. In the air. The tree tells me to find guidance in the plants sometimes.

There are so many amazing, healing plants that grace us in Missouri! Some folks find them annoying and consider them “weeds”, but to me there are no weeds. There is a purpose for every plant, even if we don’t know what it is… So let’s get to know some of these amazing herbs that we can probably find in our own backyard!

Dandelion

This is one we have probably all met before. She shines a beautiful yellow light when she is in bloom, and then turns to a white puff that flies to the sky and spreads more dandelions here and there and everywhere.

  • roots and leaves are potent healers
  • a mild diuretic that contains potassium
  • stimulates and aids our liver to eliminate toxins in our blood
  • known to cure hepatitis
  • leaves are wonderful in salads and full of nutrients
  • flowers may be used to make dandelion wine

Mullein

These plants are super fuzzy and known to some as “cowboy toilet paper” because they’re soft on your hind side! 🙂 I love using them in cough remedies and bronchial teas.

  • leaves and flowers are used
  • effective treatment for asthma
  • oil is used as a remedy for ear infections
  • great for colds and bronchial spasms

Wild Carrot / Queen Anne’s Lace

These beautiful frilly plants smell just like carrots! That’s how you can be sure it’s a wild carrot. 🙂

  • leaves, seeds, and flowers are used
  • great for urinary system
  • juice is good for kidney complaints
  • regulates fertility – can be used as contraceptive after intercourse

Milk Thistle

These are spiky ones so wear gloves when harvesting. They are extremely powerful to the liver, kidneys, and blood. My mom has used it to effectively treat her liver cirrhosis.

  • seeds are used
  • regenerates liver cells
  • stimulates bile flow
  • antidepressant
  • can be used for spleen problems, jaundice, and gallstones

Passionflower

I love seeing these grow down the hill where I live. They are so beautiful when they are in flower, and you can eat the amazing fruits!

  • leaves and flowers are used medicinally
  • nervine  – used in neurological problems like Parkinson’s, epilepsy, anxiety, hypertension, etc.
  • said to be aphrodisiac in large quantities
  • improves circulation and nutrition to nerves

Nettle

Another prickly one, use gloves to harvest! Do not eat this plant uncooked… it will prick you from the inside out, not good.

  • whole plant is used
  • used to stop bleeding
  • treatment for gout
  • helps increase aromatic oil content of other herbs
  • promotes milk production in humans and animals

Red Clover

We have some red clover growing HUGE in our garden. It is so beautiful when it begins to flower, and the roots are great for the soil because they produce nitrogen!

  • flowers, leaves, and blossoms used
  • natural blood thinner
  • excellent blood purifier
  • cleanses and soothes bronchial nerves
  • used in the treatment in of cancer

Plantain

This herb grows all over the US and has been used historically to remedy snake bites by Native Americans.

  • leaves and seeds are used
  • diuretic
  • tea is excellent for diarrhea, hemorrhoids, and ulcers
  • urinary tract infections
  • used for skin wounds, poison ivy, bug bites